Work begins on new park for Villawood and Carramar

Published Tuesday, 28th January 2020

Mayor Frank Carbone turning the first sod with Deputy Mayor Peter Grippaudo and Councillor Dai Le.
Mayor Frank Carbone turning the first sod with Deputy Mayor Peter Grippaudo and Councillor Dai Le.

Residents of Villawood and Carramar will soon have a brand new park to enjoy with their families and friends.

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone joined fellow Councillors on Friday to break ground on Karella Park - a new $1 million park at the corner of Koonoona and Karella avenues.

At 3200 sq m, it will be the biggest neighbourhood park in the Villawood and Carramar areas. Council purchased six residential blocks in 2013 to transform into green space for local families to enjoy.

The centrepiece of the park will be a ground level ropes course that will allow children to climb onto a rope net structure via a number of different climbing paths.

Mayor Carbone said families could look forward to enjoying one of the best parks available in Fairfield City.

“Council identified the need for more green space for the families of Villawood and Carramar and I am pleased that we are acting on this need,” Mayor Carbone said.

“We want families to be able to come together and take part in active and passive pursuits, and for our City to be a happy and healthy city.

“That is why we are investing in parks and recreational spaces right across Fairfield City, including right here in Villawood.”

Play items include a multiple seated swing set with a boat seat, flying fox, and toddler play items with shade.

Active spaces included are a permanent outdoor table tennis table, half basketball court, and dynamic and static exercise equipment.

A shelter with picnic seating is also included as well as a circuit path, passive turf areas, trees and multiple seating opportunities.

“Whether you are looking for a space for your children to exercise and have fun, or a grassy, shady space to quietly sit and enjoy a good book, Karella Park will be a must for you to visit,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Council is continuing to work hard in 2020 to make our City the perfect place to live, work and raise a family.”

Council is spending more than $27.6 million this financial year on improvements to the City’s open spaces.

Karella Park is scheduled for completion by the end of May.